Farm Ireland

Monday 19 February 2018

Mart trade for cattle remains strong as sun looks set to heat up the action

Joe Healy

The mart trade for cattle remains very strong, especially for all beef stock and quality stores. Plain cattle can be a bit tougher to move, however. The heat and extra growth will help the trade over the next few weeks. Suckler cows with a well-made calf at foot continue to attract keen demand with prices of €1,500-2,000 being the norm. The good beef animals were generally making from €2.20-2.50/kg with top-quality lots making more. Suck calves also continue to sell well with the exporters reported as being quite active in places.

Dowra Mart had 380 cattle on offer last Saturday. Trade was up for the heavier types and the light fancy lots but plainer cattle were harder sold. Heifers over 550kg made from €2.00-2.40/kg while stores sold from €2.20-2.80/kg. Weanling heifers were making from €2.40/kg up to a tops of €3.70/kg for heifers suitable for breeding. Weanling bulls under 400kg were selling for €2.40-3.30/kg with heavy bulls over 450kg making from €2.20-2.80/kg. Bullocks weighing over 550kg made from €2.00-2.65/kg. The lighter stores sold from €2.20-2.80/kg. The best of the cull cows made from €1.80-2.30/kg. Older and plainer types made from €1.20-1.70/kg.

Beef stock and forward store bullocks were the liveliest sellers from the 600 head of cattle at Kilkenny mart. The heavy continental steers were selling for €2.30-2.55/kg. Good Friesians sold for €1.90-2.16/kg. Quality continental stores under 500kg were making €2.30-3.00kg. Prices for suckler cows with a calf at foot ranged from €1,100-1,400/unit.

Bullocks over 500kg were making €1.86-2.37/kg at Mayo/Sligo mart with the 400-500kg steers selling for €1.87-2.68/kg. Lighter lots sold for €2.17-3.26/kg. Heavy heifers between made €2.09-2.68/kg. Heifers less than 400kg sold for €2.04-3.24/kg. Quality bull weanlings from 300-400kg made from €2.21-3.11/kg. Bulls between 200-300kg were making from €1.88-3.17/kg. Wexford farmers mart reported an improved trade especially for the well fleshed cattle and cull cows. Beef bullocks made €750-1,100 over their weight. Stores sold up to €1,000 over. Beef and butcher heifers were making from €700-1,000 with the €/kg. Stores ranged from €350-800 over the weight. Continental cull cows varied in price from €1,400-2,320 while Friesian culls sold from €750-1,300. Heavy bull weanlings were making €850-1,335 with their weight while lighter lots moved at €550-800 over.

At the calf sale where 250 were on offer the continental bulls were selling for €350-560 with the heifers making €280-480. Hereford and Angus bull calves sold from €250-450. The heifers made €185-400. Friesian bulls were making €165-440 each.

Carnew had 800 cattle for sale with a very strong trade for all classes and a notable increased demand for shipping weanlings. The best of the weanling bulls sold up to €1,030. Beef and forward steers were selling for €680-1,120 with the weight. Store prices ran from €350-930 over the €/kg. Well fleshed heifers were making from €610-1,060 over while stores made €350-850 with the weight.

There were 450 on offer at Ballinakill mart. Bullocks were a real good trade while the small store heifers were slightly cheaper than recently.

Good heavy bulls made €855-1,075 with their weight up in Raphoe mart. Well fleshed steers were making €755-1,100 over with the stores selling for €510-865 with the €/kg. Beef heifers sold for €600-960 over their weight. Stores made €290-825 over.

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At Tuam mart the 400-500kg steers made €2.23-2.64/kg. Heifers over 500kg sold for €2.00-2.38/kg with lighter lots making from €2.37-2.68/kg.

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